Cocktail Cup

This set of eight stemmed cups accompanied the cocktail shaker also seen in the exhibit. They feature the same hammered effect and are made of silver. The cups are noticeably worn, perhaps from extensive use during Prohibition, a time when alcohol was outlawed in the name of social reform. Although making, selling, and transporting alcohol were illegal consuming it was not, and people devised many ways to continue this pastime.
Object Name
cup, cocktail
date made
ca 1920-1940
Bernard Rice's Sons, Inc.
Physical Description
silver (overall material)
plating (overall production method/technique)
cup, stemmed: 12.5 cm x 8.1 cm; 4 15/16 in x 3 3/16 in
overall: 5 in x 3 1/8 in; 12.7 cm x 7.9375 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Sewer, Andy; Allison, David; Liebhold, Peter; Davis, Nancy; Franz, Kathleen G.. American Enterprise: A History of Business in America

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